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The 2014 ASUTIL Conference was filled with a number of highlights, including a very much appreciated keynote presentation by Dufry CEO Julian Diaz just one day after it was announced that Dufry had acquired The Nuance Group, making it the largest travel retail company in the world. See full story on page 1 and event photos on the Travel Markets Insider Facebook page,here.
In other high-profile Association news, TFWA has unveiled that renowned and respected American statesman Colin Powell will be the keynote speaker at the opening Conference of the Tax Free World Exhibition in Cannes on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. See the rest of the day’s program on page 1.
TMI regrets to report that another industry pioneer has passed away: John Mayer, co-founder of duty free distribution company Alexander Dun & Sons, died on June 7, at the age of 87. More details on page 1.
2014 Caribbean Week took place in New York City last week and TMI’s Larry Luxnermet with St. Maarten’s first Prime Minister, Sarah Wescot-Williams, for a one on one discussion on the importance of tourism and duty free to the island now that it is independent of the Netherlands Antilles confederation. See page 2.
Global spirits sales staged a dramatic slowdown in 2013, inching up by a marginal 0.1% over 2012, reports IWSR. Global Travel Retail spirits sales turned in a stronger performance, however. Most Latin America spirits sales also advanced, says IWSR. See break-down on page 3.
Tobacco. JTI acquires UK e-cigarette brand. Page 3.
- Global duty free and travel retail operator Flemingo International has opened its duty free stores at the arrival and departure lounge at Salvador Airport. Read more details on page 5.
Training. Essence Corp. held its annual Caribbean BA Seminar in Orlando, Florida last week, featuring international trainers from several top luxury brands. Page 5.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for luxury goods executives. Altagama – Latam Luxury, a trade association whose main goal is to connect Luxury brands with retailers and developers, has organized an executive training program on Luxury Retail with FIU, and is calling for interested participants. The Latin America Luxury Retail Management Program is a 2 week program to be delivered in Miami, Florida in partnership with FIU’s College of Business. Members of Altagamainclude Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Tiffany, Cartier, Prada, Palacio de Hierro, Falabella, Parque Arauco, among others. Please go to page 4 for more information.
Employment Opportunities. Godiva has an opening for a Travel Retail Field Manager for the West Coast; Clarins has an opening for a West Coast Sales Coordinator based in Los Angeles. See page 4 for more details.